The Bayanihan spirit is alive as more and more Filipinos are taking matters into their own hands in solving problems surrounding the COVID-19 crisis in the country.
One of which is Mindanaoan nurse turned fashion designer Guela Ampong who designed a Philippine flag-inspired personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers in the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a Facebook post that made rounds online, Guela wrote that the hazmat suit symbolizes the Filipinos: Blue for peace, harmony, and unity; red for war against the unseen enemy that is COVID-19; yellow for resiliency and hope; and white for purity.
“I was alarmed when I heard the increasing number of deaths of our doctors. While they serve our kababayans who are COVID-19 positive, they risk their lives and unknowingly catch the virus due to lack of PPE supplies,” Guela wrote.
“As shown in history, we Filipinos are survivors! By both in calamities, whether man-made or natural and as well as centuries of colonization. These all cannot tremble the Filipino spirit,” Guela further explains. “This is a crucial moment to stand as one nation and to awaken the Bayanihan Spirit of every one of us– Filipinos.”
The hazmat suits have already been approved by the Department of Health. Unlike other equipment, the suits are washable and can be used again after disinfection.
Aside from helping the frontliners, Guela’s initiative also helps the seamstresses and tailors who lost their livelihood due to the pandemic.
Guela is just one of the many who have pledged and donated supplies to the nation’s frontliners. Local celebrities have also extended their help through fund raising events and big time donations.